Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wallace Booth feels he's turned the corner
On one of Scotland's greatest days on a golf course, Wallace Booth, Callum Macaulay and Gavin Dear slaughtered the Americans.
Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Jamie Lovemark were nine shots adrift as the Scots won the world amateur team championship for the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008 at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

However, Dear has recently been reinstated as an amateur after enjoying little success as a pro, Macaulay is driving taxis while Booth is at last free of the serious shoulder injury that kept him out of the game for two years.
Contrast that with the Americans - Fowler is 13th in the world rankings; last year Horschel won the FedEx Cup and Lovemark flits between the US PGA and Web-com Tours.
But, for the first time since he turned professionals five years ago, Booth (pictured right), now 29, has a Tour category that allows him to plan his season. 
And yesterday the Comrie, Perthshire man received a further boost by being selected in an eight-strong SSE Scottish Hydro player line-up for 2015.
"What has happened to Gavin and Callum motivates me because I don't want people talking about me as well," said Booth.
"It's nice that this is the first year I can plan my schedule. That's a lot better than waiting at the weekend, wondering if you are in the following week's event.
"I feel I'm finally starting to progress from where I was as an amateur but it's been five years now since I turned pro."
With fine amateurs such as Lloyd Saltman, James Byrne and Michael Stewart all failing to move up from the bottom rung in the professional ladder, Booth wonders if there is a flaw in the Scottish psyche.
"I went to university in the States and they are so positive it's unbelievable.
"They have a feel-good factor and a self-belief which is amazine. Maybe that has sometime to do with it.
"I played with Fowler over  the last two rounds of the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008. You see these guys you beat as an amateur doing well as pros  and think: If he can do it (as a pro), I can do it."



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